Originally delivered on 4/7/2022 10:01 am

SUBJECT: Weekly eNews: April 7, 2022

Message from Principal Thompson

Dear Lakewood families, 

It has been a wonderful week celebrating Neurodiversity Awareness and talking to our students about the importance of unique perspectives.  We have such a loving and empathetic student body, and it is so rewarding to get to see them celebrate ALL their peers.

We are excited for Kindergarteners to get to experience our beautiful LOLA classroom beginning next week!  

Finally, don't forget that we have three 4-day weeks in a row due to holidays and inclement weather days- see the dates in red below! 

Stallion Strong,

Principal Thompson


APR 11: Kinder LOLA begins

APR 13: LOLA Afterschool

APR 14: JL Long "Long Run"

APR 15: No School, holiday

APR 18: Inclement Weather Day - confirmed no school

APR 19-21: 3rd Grade Theater Performances (UPDATED, see info below)

APR 21: SBDM Meeting (Library, 6pm)

APR 26: 4th Grade Theater Performances (UPDATED)

APR 28: PTA General Membership Meeting (8:15am)

APR 29: Inclement Weather Day- confirmed no school

APR 30: House Party @ Redfield's!


MAY 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

MAY 3: New Lakewood Family Q&A Session (7pm)

MAY 4-6: 5th Grade Music Man Performances

MAY 26: End of Year Parties (all Grades)

MAY 27: 5th Grade Clap-out

We need your help painting the MURAL!

Please see the link below to sign up for a timeslot to help paint or supervise painters as we bring color back to Wendover!  Even if all the painting slots are full, they likely wouldn't turn away helpful volunteers who come when available.

Imagine how rewarding it'll be to see your contributions to our campus's beauty for years to come!


It's Time to Register for Next Year!

Each year, every student is required to register for school for the upcoming school year.  Please see the instructions that apply to your family below:

New Students for the 2022-2023 School Year

Who: A student who is new to Lakewood Elementary

What to do: Start the enrollment process for the 2022-2023 school year by going to https://choose.dallas.org/login

What to have ready (required documents):

  1. Child's Birth Certificate
  2. Parent Photo ID (ID, DL, Passport)
  3. Proof of Residency (lease, water, electric, or gas bill)
  4. Updated Immunization Record
  5. Child's Social Security Card (optional)
  6. Legal documents the school needs on file (to be prompted in registration process)
  7. Previous school records

Need help setting up your account? See THIS HELPFUL VIDEO! 

Or, contact registrars Nancy Perez at NPerez@dallasisd.org or Silva Alba at SSERNA@dallasisd.org or call the front office at 972-749-7300

Returning Students for the 2022-2023 School Year

Who: A student who is returning to Lakewood Elementary 

What to do: Update documentation required so each student’s file is updated with their most current information at https://choose.dallas.org/login 

What to have ready (Required documents):

  • Parent Photo ID (ID, DL, Passport)
  • Proof of Residency (lease, water, electric, or gas bill)
  • Updated Immunization Record
  • Other legal documents the campus needs to have on file (to be prompted in registration process)           
Site Based Decision Making Committee

Join us April 21 at 6pm in the Library!

For more information on joining the committee next year, please email lisa.schulgen@ltic.com

Staff Update: Front Office

Parents, instead of emailing Ana Escobedo regarding absences or attendance questions, please email Ms. Alba, our new registrar!!  Her email is sserna@dallasisd.org

And reminder- our hardworking staff prefers written notes for excused absences, so please remember to turn those into the front office! 

UPDATE: Music Man Costume Approvals

Ms. Benton has determined that it would be more efficient for parents to take pictures of their children in costume and email her for approval / feedback at MFINLEYBENTON@dallasisd.org - this way she can provide detailed feedback that will not get lost in translation when she sends them back home with students.  

Thank you for your patience as we stand up this new theater program and work through the large-scale logistics involved!   We are learning what works here through trial and error, but it's already shaping up to be an amazing performance!  

LOLA Afterschool Volunteer Sign-up

Please sign up for a slot to volunteer on 4/13!


The Lakewood Elementary PTA House Party & Auction is just around the corner on April 30th at Redfield's Tavern, and we need YOU to help raise funds for our school! 

All proceeds from House Party directly enrich the educational experience of our kids by funding critical programming beyond what the district’s operating budget provides (e.g. field trips, the Lakewood Outdoor Learning Area, technology) and teacher wish list items (e.g. classroom manipulatives, educational materials, supplies). 

Here's how you can help:

1. Donate an auction item by April 15!  We're looking for vacation homes, tickets, restaurant gift cards, experiences and more! If you have something you are willing to give to the cause, you may submit it through our google doc hereThe auction will be open to EVERYONE online even if you can't attend - stay tuned for details in eNews on how to bid.

2.  Buy a raffle ticket hereWe have a KILLER raffle this year with two items each worth nearly $1800! A Cartier Love Chain Link Bracelet in yellow gold and a Traeger Ironwood 885 Wood Pellet Wifi Grill and Smoker. Limited tickets available so get yours before they're gone! 

3.  Donate to the Wine & Liquor Pull: Drop off a bottle of wine or liquor worth $25 or more at Wendy Covitz’s house (6612 Sondra) OR Venmo @Casey-Fisk and we'll buy the bottle for you! 

THANK YOU for helping us raise critical funds for Lakewood! Feel free to email auctionparty@lakewoodelementary.net with any questions.

1st Grade Campus Clean-up!

This school year, a different grade will be asked to help with a campus clean-up each month and April will be our 2nd graders!

Come help us on Sunday, April 24th from 4-5pm by picking up trash on the Lakewood campus so the school is sparkling clean. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. 



Did you order and customize a yearbook for your child? The deadline for yearbooks that will be delivered to the school is April 22nd. If you order/customize after that date, your yearbook will automatically ship to your home during the summer. Don't delay, order now!


We would love to have parent volunteers assist with LOLA! We will be investigating native plants and animals! 

All volunteers must send their Covid-vaccination status to Ana Escobedo aescobedo@dallasisd.org.

In order to volunteer at LOLA (or any other DISD program) you must complete a volunteer application/orientation every year at https://dallasisd.voly.org/

Check in at the front office and meet Lisa Dolliver (Dallas Arboretum) in the LOLA 5-10 minutes before your child's LOLA session starts for instruction. Volunteers may help with set up/clean up, take action photos, assist students with hands-on activities, etc. 

Also, please leave your contact information when you sign up. (In case of inclement weather etc, Lisa may text you with a change in location, etc).

We sincerely appreciate your support of the LOLA! Please email lola@lakewoodelementary.net with any questions.


Do you know someone starting at Lakewood next year for the first time? We need YOUR help spreading this flyer so the New Family Team can support their transition!

In 2019 LWE had the highest participation than any other school and we raised over $5,000 for our PTA!  Let's do it again!

Leader in Me Survey

As you know, our school is a Leader in Me(LiM) campus.  

Your feedback is important as it will impact the LiM process and help us implement best practices. 

Please use the following link to complete this short survey (about 12 minutes).



Student-created performances based on Prokofiev's PETER & THE WOLF, a Russian Symphonic Children’s Tale

There will be 3 different performance nights - they'll all be different since they're writing and producing them independently in their specials classes.

Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30PM

3A Leal

3B Halasz

3C McMahon

Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30PM

3D Carpenter

3E Pedecini

3F Newberry

Thursday, April 21st  at 6:30PM

3G Johnson

3H Foxx

These student-created productions will be held in the auditorium and will feel like a "workshop" as these kids try out new creative skills.  Students will be selecting costumes from a community costume chest; any other guidance for costumes will be sent home from Ms. Benton and Mr. Reich.  

6:30pm is the start time for presentations that will happen each night.  There will be a pause in between the separate classes to reset the stage, but no intermission.  We strongly discourage leaving or arriving at the midway transition point unless it is an emergency.  Actors may not leave until all classes have performed.  

Please, no reserve or holding of seats except for Teacher Reserve Seating, which will be labeled.

J.L. Long's "LONG RUN" Fundraiser

The 24th Annual Long Run starts and finishes at Willis C. Winters Park (previously known as Randall Park – across the street from Woodrow Wilson High School) located at 100 S. Glasgow Drive in Historic East Dallas. After the races, join runners, student groups, parents, families and community members for food, refreshments, and entertainment at one of the oldest and most established races in East Dallas.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, April 14th with festivities beginning at 5:30pm.  

The 1K Family Fun Run/Walk begins at 6:00pm and encircles the J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School campuses.

The 5K Certified Run, beginning at 6:30pm, takes full advantage of the beautiful Santa Fe Trail then winds its way through the picturesque neighborhoods in Old East Dallas. Each entrant will receive a race t-shirt and dinner. In addition, awards will be given for the fastest runners in the various age groups.

Early registration, before Friday, April 1st, is just $25 per runner. This includes entry fee, race t-shirt, and a meal.

Registration is available online at https://jllongpta.membershiptoolkit.com/longrun

For Corporate Sponsorships, please contact Lori Kirkpatrick kirkpatrick4disd@gmail.com.

For Family Sponsorships, please contact Sarah Ringwald at sarah.ringwald@sbcglobal.net.

If you're interested in Sponsoring this run or learning more information, please see the link below:


5th Grade Musical: Save the Date!!
  • Monday, May 2: Tech/dress rehearsal (3:00 – 6:00pm)
  • Tuesday, May 3: Tech/dress rehearsal (3:00 – 6:00pm)
  • Wednesday, May 4: The Music Man Jr. performance (6:00pm call time, curtain at 7:00pm)
  • Thursday, May 5: The Music Man Jr. performance (6:00pm call time, curtain at 7:00pm)
  • Friday, May 6: The Music Man Jr. school performances (during school hours)

Though masks are now recommended, the policies for contact tracing and quarantining remain in place.

For anyone testing positive, the district will follow the five-day isolation period recommended by the CDC. If students display symptoms, we ask their families to keep them at home. 

A student is deemed a close contact if they are NOT wearing a mask and is within 3 ft of a confirmed positive student/child who is also not wearing a mask, or within 6 ft. of a mask less adult who is confirmed positive.

In case of close contact (without masks) with someone who has tested positive: 

    • If the student is unvaccinated, quarantine them at home for five days and contact their health care provider. 
    • If the student is fully vaccinated and not displaying any symptoms, they can return to school and must remain masked at all times. 

Below is the link and QR code for parents to submit their child’s proof of vaccination, deadline to submit March 31st:

  • Click HERE access the form 
  • Sign in using the student ID number and date of birth
  • Fill out the required information, including your email (e-card will be sent to that email)
  • Upload an image of the proof of vaccination (card, IMMTrac2, document from medical provider)
  • Submit the form

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